Player News - Everton

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Gylfi Sigurdsson has been named in Iceland’s 23-man World Cup squad despite missing the last two months of the Premier League campaign due to injury.

It was initially hoped that Sigurdsson would be back for the season run-in after suffering knee ligament damage during the 2-0 win over Brighton back in March, but in the build-up to final game, former Toffees boss Sam Allardyce confirmed the playmaker was "still a way off, unfortunately." However, his absence from domestic football did not prevent manager Heimir Hallgrímsson from calling up the Everton star and Sigurdsson will have two friendly internationals against Norway and Ghana to prove his fitness. Iceland begin their World Cup campaign on June 16 against the 2014 runners-up Argentina in Moscow and they will do well to qualify for the knockout phase. They then take on Nigeria before Group D concludes against Croatia, who comfortably edged out Greece 4-1 on aggregate in a play-off.
Source: Sky Sports
May 21 - 4:35 PM

Everton officially announced the end of the Sam Allardyce era at Goodison Park as the club will begin searching for a new manager.

Allardyce arrived at the end of November after the club sacked Ronald Koeman for a poor start to the season. The former England national team manager was able to bring the club into eighth place, but his style of play frustrated supporters and the team's chairman acted immediately at the end of the season despite a year left on his contract. Said the club in a statement: "Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability and we are grateful to him for doing that. However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately."
May 18 - 5:47 AM

Oumar Niasse's eighth goal of the season wasn't enough to trigger a comeback as Everton closed out the campaign with a 3-1 defeat at West Ham.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce made two changes to the side which drew 1-1 with Southampton as Niasse and Ramiro Funes Mori came in for Nikola Vlasic and Yannick Bolasie. The Toffees struggled to contain the home side early as Jordan Pickford was called into action to deny Mark Noble inside 10 minutes. Having been pinned back throughout the first half, Everton went behind when Manuel Lanzini beat Pickford with a low strike just before the break. In the 63rd minute, Marko Arnautovic doubled the deficit with a dipping shot that fooled Pickford. Niasse provided a lifeline when he swiveled and blasted home from close in the 73rd minute, but Lanzini curled beyond Pickford and in off the post to cap the match with eight minutes remaining.
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 1:27 PM

Reports in England and the U.S. have confirmed that forward Wayne Rooney has agreed to move to D.C. United this summer.

And the veteran forward won’t be available to feature for the Toffees one final time this weekend after undergoing a minor operation on his knee that will rule him out of the season finale. The move to DC United is expected to be in the range of £12 million although manager Sam Allardyce said he hadn’t been informed of a formal decision yet. Meanwhile, Allardyce said the club is still waiting on the fitness of midfielders Theo Walcott and James McCarthy for Sunday’s match against West Ham: There is a chance for Theo. Mason is back training as well. "But I am not sure, with what we have available at centre half, we need to risk him, because he is short of match practice. But he is training with us, so we will decide that later on today."
May 11 - 5:17 PM

Everton waited until literally the last second to steal a point off a determined Southampton side in a 1-1 draw on Saturday evening.

With both Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott out for the Toffees, young midfielder Tom Davies rose to the occasion with his 96th-minute equalizer to capitalize on Southampton's late misfortune. After a foul in the opposition half, two minutes over the announced stoppage time, Davies pounced on his chance, sending a shot off Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt to bring the Everton faithful to their feet at Southampton's misery, one of only three shots on target for Everton.
Source: NBC Sports
May 5 - 2:50 PM

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is ruled out of the remaining fixtures and the England under-21 tournament in Toulon later this month after suffering a back injury.

The 21-year-old was introduced as a second half substitute against Newcastle in game week thirty-five but complained of back pain following the 1-0 victory. After treatment and rest, Calvert-Lewin re-joined the group on the training pitches, but when the symptoms didn’t subside, he was sent for further tests which revealed a small stress fracture in his lower back. There is no official timeline at the moment, although the young forward should be okay to return when the squad reconvenes for pre-season in July. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Eliaquim Mangala [both knee], and James McCarthy [broken leg], will not feature again during 2017/18 but defender Mason Holgate has returned to training following ankle surgery. He could make an appearance in the final game at West Ham on May 13.
Source: Euronews
May 5 - 6:00 AM

Everton picked up a comfortable 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday thanks to goals from Cenk Tosun and Idrissa Gueye.

Sam Allardyce’s side built on their win over Newcastle on Monday by taking all three points from their trip to the John Smith’s Stadium. Having weathered a flurry of half chances early, Everton opened the scoring against the run of play just before half time. On 39 minutes, Theo Walcott collected a loose pass in midfield and slipped in Tosun. The Turkey international touched into space and made no mistake with his finish, firing low beyond the reach of Jonas Lossl into the bottom corner. Though Huddersfield chased for an equalizer in the second-half, Gueye sealed the win in the 77th minute with a blast from the area after Leighton Baines laid the ball off to him. The win keeps Everton eighth in the table.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 28 - 12:45 PM

Everton manager Sam Allardyce confirmed the club is still waiting on the status of Leighton Baines ahead of the weekend.

The left-back sustained a cut to his head in a 1-0 win over Newcastle on Monday and the gash still presents a concern for the club. Baines has recorded two clean sheets in his last three matches but faces a fitness test to be fit to face Huddersfield Town this weekend, along with Morgan Schneiderlin and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. "We’re concerned about Morgan Schneiderlin and Leighton Baines. He’s cut. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has a back problem. We’re waiting for tomorrow to see what their availability is. There’s little we can do with those boys today. We have to give them as long as possible to see if they’re fit. It leaves us limited if they’re not. Hopefully two of three come through."
Apr 27 - 11:07 AM

Everton eked out a narrow 1-0 win over Newcastle on Monday but the three-points came at a cost after Morgan Schneiderlin was forced off early in the second half.

The Toffees midfielder sustained a thigh injury in an accidental collision with United winger Matt Ritchie during the build-up to what proved to be the watch winner by Theo Walcott on 51 minutes. However, Schneiderlin was quick to allay growing concerns of a lengthy lay-off when he posted an update via Twitter: ‘Good to get the three points tonight. Disappointed to have to come off but I couldn’t run off a bad dead leg from the first half. Nothing too serious so I should be back for Saturday!’ And manager Sam Allardyce is hoping Schneiderlin will recover in time to face Huddersfield Town after admitting Everton lost some of their "rhythm and fluency" in the middle of the park when he came off. "He had a massive influence for us today. That loss caused us to lose some of our fluency and possession in midfield."
Apr 24 - 4:20 PM

Theo Walcott scored the lone goal as Everton beat Newcastle 1-0 at Goodison Park on Monday.

Sam Allardyce's side were unchanged from their draw with Swansea City at the weekend and found chances hard to come by in the first-half of the mid-table encounter. However, the Everton went on the offensive after the break and broke the deadlock in the 51st minute. Yannick Bolasie's deep cross from the right wing found Walcott, who controlled with a cushioned touch before smashing into the roof of the net from 10 yards out. The goal was Walcott's third since joining Everton in January from Arsenal. Newcastle pressed for an equalizer and created a few chances late in the match, but Everton held on to earn their first win in four match matches. The victory bring Everton up to eighth in the table, one point above Leicester City and four points above tenth-placed Newcastle.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 5:33 PM

Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori is in contention to start against Newcastle after returning from injury last week.

The Argentine international returns just in time to make a push for the World Cup team after playing in a competitive match for the first time in more than a year after recovering from an ACL injury. Ashley Williams is also in contention against Newcastle on Monday after returning from suspension, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is expected to be fit after missing last week with a minor injury. Said Allardyce: "I am very enthusiastic [about Funes Mori’s comeback], he has trained with the first team since returning from his injury. He came off the bench and, when needed, I feel we will give him his opportunity. It is good to have a player of his experience back in his squad."
Apr 20 - 12:36 PM

Everton has now gone 17 straight Merseyside derbies without beating Liverpool after a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park.

On Saturday, the Toffees had their best chance to break that streak with Liverpool starting only six players from a Champions League win over Manchester City earlier in the week, none named Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino. But Everton could only manage one shot on goal: a stunning strike from distance from Yannick Bolasie in the first half that nearly curled its way into goal if not for a brilliant save from Loris Karius. Jordan Pickford made two impressive saves of his own to keep the home side in the game, but the Goodison faithful were left bored in their seats with a hollow effort from Sam Allardyce's men and remain in ninth.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 7 - 9:26 AM

Yannick Bolasie got his first goal of the season in Everton's 3-1 loss to Manchester City.

Everton was no match for Manchester City as Idrissa Gueye missed the game due to injury. This led to a midfield pivot of Wayne Rooney and Morgan Schneiderlin that couldn't cut it in the first half as City scored three goals. The introduction of Tom Davies in the second half helped things but it was the connection of Dominic Calvert-Lewin to Yanninck Bolasie that provided the silver lining. Calvert-Lewin provided the pass but it was an excellent finish from Bolasie that beat Ederson Morales. Everton will need to move on from this result quickly as derby day with Liverpool is right around the corner.
Mar 31 - 2:42 PM

Everton manager Sam Allardyce said the club will give Idrissa Gueye up until the last minute to prove his fitness.

The club has a massive match against Manchester City on Saturday and remain one of two teams to take points off the league leaders after a 1-1 draw early in the season. But the Toffees are in desperate need of midfield help with Gylfi Sigurdsson and James McCarthy ruled out and Tom Davies returning from injury. Said Allardyce: "Gana will be assessed as late as tomorrow morning given it’s a 5.30pm kick-off. We’ll give him the next 24 hours and see what the position is because our midfield area is quite light because of the injuries we’ve got."
Mar 30 - 12:18 PM

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye has withdrawn from international duty with Senegal due to a muscular injury.

The former Aston Villa man is expected to play a big part in Senegal's World Cup plans, but the national team sent him back to Merseyside after assessing an injury sustained against Stoke City last weekend, despite playing 90 minutes. If Senegal manager Aliou Cisse's assessment is correct, Gueye would miss three weeks, including matches with Liverpool and Manchester City."My squad is almost complete, but Gana had a muscle tear when he came over," he reportedly said. "I had wanted him to be in my team, but I think he will be out for three weeks. I wanted him to come over with the rest of his national teammates, so we could assess his injury. He was able to do so."
Mar 24 - 6:46 AM


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